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Muslim Views Community Organisation of
the Year 1994

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HISTORY OF THE MITCHELL’S PLAIN ISLAMIC TRUST (MPIT)
PREVIOUSLY THE MITCHELL’S PLAIN ISLAMIC SOCIETY (MPIS)

A huge piece of wasteland was earmarked by the old apartheid regime as a dormitory township for the so-called coloured population of Cape Town and surrounds, as part of their solution to “whiten” the central city and other privileged areas set aside for so called white people.

So, during the early 1970’s, so-called “coloured people” were forced by the government of the day to move to Mitchell’s Plain, 30 kilometres away from the centre of Cape Town. Most Muslims in Cape Town, being classified in this group, also found themselves moving to Mitchell’s Plain.

Being detached from the entire Islamic infrastructure in central Cape Town and on the Cape Flats, did not break the community spirit of the fledgling Muslim Community now settled in Mitchell’s Plain. The result was that a few concerned people got together and discussed and planned the formation of an organised structure to represent Muslims in this new area.

The Westridge Islamic Society, forerunner to the Mitchell’ Plain Islamic Society (MPIS) was founded on the 5th September 1976, a clear sunny spring day – possibly an indication of the bright future Allah has destined for this Society – some 34 years on, we continue to thank Allah Who in His Infinite Wisdom gathered those few dedicated people together on that faithful day.

The MPIS had an opening bank balance of 93 cents on the 5th September 1976 and as at 5th September 2007, the MPIS has assets valued at over 8 million Rand. We Thank Allah our Provider, for making it possible for this Society to grow at such a phenomenal rate over the past 36 years. Also, we are thankful to all our donors - local as well as from areas throughout South Africa and even beyond - who have contributed regularly to the building projects of the Mitchell’s Plain Islamic Society – May Allah, Most High, Bless you Eternally.

From the opening balance in 1976 until the present, the MPIS now renamed the Mitchell’s Plain Islamic Trust (MPIT) has adopted a transparent accounting system and submits audited books of account to the SA Revenue Services EVERY year. A copy of our audited books of account are also sent to all regular donors and are available on request from our Head Office based at Darul Hikma in Rocklands. This ensures that all donor contributions are accounted for and has led to the MPIT being the recipient of much needed funding, by the Grace of Allah.

Should you wish to be part of the future development of the Mitchell’s Plain Islamic Trust, contact us for more information – see our Contact Page.

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